The best family hotels combine beautiful surroundings with wonderful food, great entertainment and all the facilities and careful details that make spending time together easy, so families can just focus on each other. Here, the team behind the Good Hotel Guide, a leading independent hotel guide, share their pick of the UK's ten best family-friendly hotels.
With 130-acre grounds, including a heated pool, tennis and golf courts, Chewton Glen on New Milton has the space to do whatever you want, or to simply just spend time with family. Famed for its luxury as well as its surrounding natural beauty, when it comes to family, choose from a variety of rooms including amazing treehouse suites. Children love to play at The Beehive children’s club - a fantasy-like den with plenty to entertain. There are also activities such as Chewton Glen’s Bug Hotel and kids' cookery courses. You can even head further afield to do pony treks in the New Forest or explore Peppa Pig World. The restaurants also serve child friendly menus, but in keeping with this beautiful destination, there’s a sophistication that adults will enjoy as well.
Prices from £370 per room
On the magical Isles of Scilly, Star Castle's setting is like something out of a story book. The 16th century castle has 38 rooms but also spacious country cottage garden accommodation within four acres of secluded gardens, which are perfect for giving families that extra space and privacy to unwind together. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court and complimentary golf and courtesy transport throughout your stay. A favourite pastime for all visitors is island hopping around the breathtaking archipelago with the help of the hotel’s own boatman, Tim. The hotel even has a selection of dog-friendly rooms too.
Prices from £89 per room
A family run hotel, Porth Tocyn Hotel enjoys views across Cardigan Bay and out to Snowdonia, making it a peaceful setting to spend quality time together and offering plenty of space to play and roam when the weather permits. Inside, the cosy hotel is furnished with antiques, giving it a warm and welcoming vibe. A leader in the family holiday market, it has everything you could possibly ned to make a family holiday easy. In addition to the beach and surrounding countryside, the hotel has a heated outdoor pool and beautiful gardens. Inside, there’s a cosy snug with a TV and DVDs, as well as a games room with table tennis. High chairs, cots and baby listening devices are available for use, so too is the use of a fridge and microwave for parents with younger children. High teas are laid on for children each evening and dinner menus are adapted for those over six years old. The hotel also offers residents a light supper alternative to dinner, to make family dining easier.
Prices from £87 per room
Part of the Luxury Family Hotels Collection, Moonfleet Manor in Fleet is perfectly designed to combine luxury and family friendly experiences, making a holiday easy and enjoyable for everyone. Right by the sea, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens perfect for games and hide and seek. Head to the beach with buckets, spades and nets, play in rock pools and return to the hotel for plenty of tea and cake. On rainy days, there’s also an indoor play zone and a crèche offering two hours’ complimentary childcare each day, in case to keep them safe and entertained while you have a spa treatment or two. There’s also a baby pool and all the equipment you could possibly need to make a holiday with babies, toddlers and children easy and enjoyable.
Prices from £109 per room
A luxury hotel in Veryan-in-Roseland, Cornwall, The Nare sits pride of place by a pristine beach. A luxurious country house, its five star service and style makes for an exceptional holiday at any time of the year, while plenty of things to see and do mean lots of entertainment for the whole family. There are family rooms including an en-suite cabin for one or two children. For older children, the hotel makes an effort to arrange rooms next to the parents' room where possible. For entertainment, spend summer days on Carne Beach, or there’s an outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool, tennis and croquet. For a real treat you can also charter the Maggie O'Nare - a classic Cornish Crabber skippered by The Nare proprietor, Toby Ashworth. There’s a range of other activities that can also be enjoyed close to the hotel such as sea kayaking, sea fishing and guided walking.
Prices from £299 per room
Another hotel in Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa in Mawgan Porth is an award-winning luxury family hotel by the sea. Described as a natural playground thanks to the beach just below and the surrounding scenery, there’s a luxury spa for mum and dad, as well as plenty to keep children busy. Little ones delight in the kids clubs' and activities, while teenagers stay active in the games room. There’s also an outdoor assault course, a football pitch, a Jungle Tumble soft play area, surf lessons, go karting, paddle boarding and kayaking. Early meals are provided for little ones and you can choose to stay in interconnecting rooms, sea view villas or apartments. Meanwhile, the setting, the floor to ceiling windows in much of the hotel, and the superb local food makes for a generally convivial and relaxing space in which you can all enjoy quality time together.
Prices from £80 per room
Perched in the magical surroundings of Snowdonia, Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey has an enviable beach. Days are spent swimming, surfing, flying kites and playing in the sand. Or maybe you prefer to stroll across mountainous peaks and return for hearty afternoon teas. There is a sense of old school style and good old fashioned peace and quiet at this beautiful hotel, which families revel in. The hotel has a range of Family Rooms and Superior Rooms that can sleep up to two adults and four children, and they serve an early children’s supper menu. There’s an outdoor play area with a climbing frame and springers, as well as a games room and indoor play area with plenty of board games and jigsaws. Alternatively, if you prefer to head further afield, the Talyllyn Railway is a favourite attraction.
Prices from £75 per person
A completely unique experience, The Colonsay Hotel in Argyll and Bute is a remote 18th century island inn, accessed by ferry from Oban or on a twin-propeller plane. On a hillside overlooking the harbour, it’s like stepping back in time but with all the creature comforts of modern travel. All open fires and comfy sofas, it’s the kind of place you don’t expect your mobile phone to have signal and entertainment involves running around the garden, splashing in the sea or beachcombing, and reading a good book. Watch local wildlife and bring the family dog to join in the fun on walks and cycling round the island. You might even choose to go on guided nature walks or attempt to climb all the MacPhies (hills) in a day. All rooms are uniquely titled. The family suite goes by the moniker Pigs Paradise, named after the magnificent area of dramatic cliffs on the western side of the island where thousands of guillemots and other sea birds nest. The spacious double room can accommodate two adults and two children, and there’s a breakfast charge of £10 per night for children over 12 years of age staying with their parents, but under twelves go for free.
Prices from £85 per room
This stylish hotel in Tetbury leaves no stone unturned when it comes to providing contemporary luxury with historic class. Spacious, light and beautifully designed, it takes the concept of a family friendly hotel to new heights, combining together time with downtime for adults and children. Within the grounds, there’s a state-of-the-art spa, and the hotel’s Family Pads offer accommodation that includes king sized beds for parents and an adjoining kids' room. They sleep two adults and two children, and come complete with everything from an in-room listening monitor to bottle warmers, boots, and a pantry with mini fridge. Days here can be spent exploring the gardens, playing tennis or mini football, cycling, swimming, or captaining the pirate play ship. Mums and dads can also enjoy a bit of child-free time by booking little ones into the crèche at The Play Barn, a baking masterclass or other fun activities.
Prices from £219 per room
Another member of the Luxury Family Hotels collection, Woolley Grange is a beautiful Jacobean manor house on the edge of the Cotswolds. There's an air of tranquility here, that’s born of simple pleasures and time spent with the family, but surrounded by luxury. Pick pears in the garden, collect eggs from the chickens, go pond dipping, get lost in the grass maze, let children play in the kids’ club. Mum and dad can enjoy a peaceful swim in the pool, a spa treatment or dinner together thanks to two hours of free childcare per day. Meanwhile, all the amenities you could possibly need to make a holiday with the family easy are provided. High chairs, complimentary baby-listening systems, cots, nappy bins, changing mats and bottle warmers and a creche for babies from 12 weeks old.
Prices from £179 per room